Day School SOD approval signals launch of final leg of redevelopment

Paradise Valley Town Council will decide this week on the parameters of a statement of direction for a pursued intermediate special use permit amendment for the Phoenix Country Day School.

The council discussed this matter during a study session at its Dec. 1 council meeting and will now vote on the matter during its Thursday, Dec. 15 council meeting. The school applied for an intermediate special use permit in order to replace its existing administration building with a larger building, build new signs and fencing.

Specifically, the school is requesting a new building covering about 9,810 square feet of the campus and standing at 27 feet tall to replace the existing 2,700-square-foot building on its campus at 3901 E. Standford Drive.

According to the statement of direction, the document “is not a final decision of the Town Council and does not create any vested rights to the approval of a special use permit.”

Rather, the town council outlined two points in its statement of direction.

The first explains how the town’s General Plan is in favor of revitalization and improvements to any of the town’s special use permit properties as long as it does not interfere with adjacent residential neighborhoods.

The second points outlined several areas of focus for the Planning Commission in regards to the effect the amendment might have on neighbors to the school when it reviews the school’s application. The council recommends the Planning Commission focus on the lighting, landscape buffers, mechanical equipment, signage and the height of the proposed building.

According to the statement of direction, the council wants the Planning Commission to ensure the height of the proposed building, 27 feet, is optimum for a one-story building.

Additional focus areas the council wants the Planning Commission to focus on are location, lighting and type of proposed signage as well as ensuring the proposed fencing will meet all current and proposed zoning ordinances.

This proposed addition to the campus is part of a decade-long, $22 million campus renovation plan that is in the early stages of its final leg.

Earlier renovations included the Dady Aquatic & Tennis Center and the Najafi Gymnasium and Garvin Family Walk of Champions. The third project centered in academics with the Shin Center for Arts Science & Innovation.

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